Excuse Me, What Time Is It? + FREEBIE

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend...three days long or not!!! I loved the extra day off and was ready to roll today! We are in the middle of our math unit about telling time. The kids are loving all the hands on activities and really catching on to learning to tell time to the nearest five minutes. Today, we had a watch making party! Yes, that is right... we made watches. I saw this idea on Pinterest and modified it for my kiddos. I gave each kid a blank clock face and a strip of paper. They needed to draw the hour hand and minute hand to make any time to the five minutes they wanted. Then they glued it to a construction paper strip and I stapled it together for them. They ended up being more like watch "bracelets" but the kids loved them all the same.
Here is my modeled sample for all of you to see!

 Each child was then given a grid with the numbers 1-20 to represent each student in our class. The kids went around the room and said to a friend, "Excuse me, what time is it?" The friend could only reply by showing their watch! The student who asked the time, would then write the watch time on their paper next to the correct student number.

After everyone was finished, we went over each time, as a whole class, and the kids corrected their work to see how well they did with reading each watch time!

This is the template each student used to collect their answers from each other. If you would like a copy of this template to use with your students, click HERE to download a copy. Please leave a comment and let me know how your kids like the activity. I love hearing from each of you. 

I am also using my Time Will Tell packet during this unit. Here is an inside look to see what is included. I hope it can help your students learn to tell time as much as it is helping mine!


  1. Thank you for the freebie! I have been looking forward to doing the watch activity with my students when we get to time (in the next few weeks). I'm putting your time unit on my wishlist!

    Primarily Speaking

    1. Thanks Aimee! I hope your kids love the watch activity. My kiddos were giggling with delight during it. It really got them engaged and focused. Let me know how it goes.

  2. What a fun idea! Polite manners and all! I love it!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  3. Love this idea! (learning and fun) Thanks for the freebie. What template did you use for the watch face? Thanks.

  4. Thanks so much, Jaime. We are focusing on time this week and this will make a great lesson!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  5. What a cute idea! Love it and thanks for sharing!!!